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Echeveria cuspidata var. zaragozae

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Scientific Name

Echeveria cuspidata var. zaragozae Kimnach

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

Description

Echeveria cuspidata is a perennial succulent with thick green or gray-green leaves with red tips and up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, that overlap in rosettes that often resemble artichokes. Echeveria cuspidata var. zaragozae has smaller, more oblanceolate, bluish-green leaves. Leaves are at their brightest from autumn to spring, and are followed by long-lasting flowers in pink outside and orange inside.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most of the common Echeveria species are not complicated succulents to grow, provided you follow a few basic rules. First, be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Additionally, remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests and Echeveria are susceptible to mealy bugs. As with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.

Most Echeveria can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although a few are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Echeveria

Origin

Echeveria cuspidata var. zaragozae is native to Mexico.

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